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Staffing employment showed little change from June to July, according to the latest data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the month, jobs filled by staffing firms, usually temporary placements, declined by only 5,600 jobs, or 0.3 percent. Despite the recent slowdown in job growth, over the past 10 months, staffing… Continue Reading Staffing down for month, but outlook brightening

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Job creation by private companies grew at the slowest pace of the year in May, even while the hiring of temporary census workers drove overall payrolls up 431,000. The unemployment rate dipped to 9.7 percent as many people gave up searching for work. The Labor Department’s new employment snapshot released Friday suggested that outside of… Continue Reading Economy adds 431K jobs but few in private sector

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Staffing-firm employment takes a jump

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For the first time in more than two years, employment in staffing firms has increased. America’s staffing companies employed an average of 2 million temporary and contract workers per day from January through March. That’s an increase of 0.8 percent from the same quarter last year, according to the American Staffing Association. In contrast, staffing employment… Continue Reading Staffing-firm employment takes a jump

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April hiring up so far

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Staffing employment so far in April is 19 percent higher than during the same month last year, according to the American Staffing Association’s Staffing Index. Some consider staffing employment to be one of several key economic and employment indicators, especially as the economy recovers from recession. The index has risen to 86 in April, up… Continue Reading April hiring up so far

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The nation’s economy posted its largest job gain in three years in March, while the unemployment rate remained at 9.7 percent for the third straight month. Continue Reading Employers added most jobs in 3 years in March

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Grants offered to avoid layoffs

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Employers in El Paso and Teller counties facing possible layoffs can now take advantage of a new grant program offered through the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. The Incumbent Workers program provides grants for training so that companies can help their employees learn new skills or upgrade existing skills to ensure business competitiveness. Grant funds are… Continue Reading Grants offered to avoid layoffs

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The employment sector for professionals continues to look mixed as executives report recruiting difficulties and the possibility of layoffs. While 10 percent of executives said they plan to increase the number of full-time employees during the second quarter, 6 percent still plan declines. But 82 percent interviewed for the Robert Half Professional Employment Report expressed… Continue Reading Employment news mixed for some professionals

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Staffing employment slowly improving

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Staffing levels are slowly increasing, said the American Staffing Association’s January 2010 index report. Even better, hiring appears to be on the rise in the Pikes Peak region. The national trade organization found that staffing employment was 4 percent higher for January than during the same month a year ago. That news was especially significant… Continue Reading Staffing employment slowly improving

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Seasonal hiring up 42% during 2009

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Retailers added 547,400 seasonal workers between October and December, or a 42 percent improvement over 2008 when holiday hiring fell to a 22-year low, according to employment data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, analysts at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. determined that after weak hiring in October, retailers picked up the… Continue Reading Seasonal hiring up 42% during 2009

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Facing an increasingly litigious environment, companies are taking extra steps to protect themselves from legal action resulting from layoffs and disputes. They are crafting more severance packages with provisions prohibiting litigation, consulting with attorneys before conducting layoffs, providing outplacement and, in general, doing what they can to reduce the risk of being sued at a… Continue Reading How to structure layoffs without triggering lawsuits

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